On the Nightstand

Our family is anticipating some quiet vacation time in the coming days.  As we’ve done the past few years, we’ll be staying at a friend’s cottage.  It’s not quite the middle of nowhere but there’s nothing noisy within a 30 minute drive.  Just how we like it.  Walks, playing in the lake, cooking, sleeping and reading is the extent of our activity.

Have you read any books this summer worth recommending?

For this trip I’ll finish up The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey, the first book in a series featuring the gruff dective Peter Diamond.  I’ve read very little in the detective/mystery genre but have been enjoying this book enough that I’ll likely pick up the next installment from the library.

The library also provided Chicago author Joseph Epstein’s Snobbery: The American Version.  Epstein is a great essayist and I’ve read his book on friendship a couple of times.

I recently picked up the handsomely-bound Collins Classics edition of Moby Dick (nope, never read it.) at our local used bookstore and it will make the trip to the cottage as well.  Most dusk jackets go directly into the trash can when I bring home a hardcover but I may hang onto this one.

Also making the trip is the current issue of Image Journal, N.T. Wright’s translation of the New Testament, a friend’s chapter from American Christianities, and Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norman Wirzba.